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Milam County pot farm busted

By MELISSA SULLIVAN

Eagle Staff Writer

A father and his two sons were arrested this week after authorities said they discovered more than 800 marijuana plants growing on a half-acre outside a home in Milam County.

Coy Doss, 58; Abraham Doss, 21; and Alden Doss, 19, each were charged with possession of more than 50 pounds of marijuana after the plants were found Tuesday.

The elder Doss remained Thursday in the Milam County Jail on $50,000 bond for the second-degree felony charge. His sons, who also are charged with possession of a controlled substance, each were being held on $100,000 bond, sheriff’s officials said.

A Department of Public Safety trooper had reason to believe drugs might be on the rural property off U.S. 79 west of Rockdale, Sheriff’s Deputy Jim Wheeless said Thursday. The trooper flew over the property in a DPS helicopter at about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and saw the plants from the air, Wheeless said.

The trooper then contacted Milam County District Attorney Kerry Spears, who also surveyed the area from the air.

“The only way I know how to describe it is it looked like a Christmas tree farm, because it was really, really dark green,” Spears said Thursday. “But you could tell it wasn’t a Christmas tree farm because suddenly you would see perfect rows of dark green plants.”

Some of the plants were as tall as 6 feet, Spears said.

The estimated street value of the 814 plants is $1.26 million, according to a DPS report.

On the property, police also seized about 75 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of more than $70,000 and 272.4 grams of psilocybin, a hallucinogen, the report states.

It was unclear how long the operation had been going on, Wheeless said.

This was one of the larger drug busts in Milam County in the past four years, Spears said.

• Melissa Sullivan’s e-mail address is msullivan@theeagle.com.

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